Fire, I bring you to burn…

Big city, big stories

I just finished my last ‘summer stack’ book (see the other books here) and it turns out I saved the best for last.  Have  you had a chance to read ‘City on Fire‘ by Garth Risk Hallberg? I can’t recommend it enough.  It’s a big, juicy book that jumps from the 50’s to the 90’s with much of the action happening in the 70’s when parts of New York really were burning.  The plot deftly weaves 15+ characters story arcs between each other, with some of the stories told via a book within a book (think fanzine, diary entries, and a manuscript).  This is  Mr. Hallberg’s first novel and he has set the bar high for future writings. If his next book is as good as his first I will be in for another highly enjoyable read.  How about you?  Have you read any good books lately?  I’d love to know what’s on your ‘must read’ list…

9, Number 9

Summer 9


I keep a pile of books next to my bed so regardless of my reading mood I always have a book – or three – to choose from.  I received a trove of books for Christmas (detailed here) and have made numerous trips to the library to supplement my stash since then, but the truth is I am ready for some new books – and LOTS of them. This weekend will be the second in a row where I help a family member move from one state to another and chances are my reading time will be minimal.  However, upon my return I hope to find the ‘Summer 9’ which I ordered today waiting for me (and my reading stockpile).

  Lab Girl   |   The Nest   |  Alice + Freda Forever: A Murder in Memphis  |    City on Fire: A novel
The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey  |    The One in a Million Boy   |   American Housewife Stories
Negroland A Memoir   |   Fates and Furies